SOURCE: Fortinet

July 12, 2006 12:00 ET

Fortinet Selected by AlwaysOn as AO100 Private Company Award Winner, for Second Consecutive Year

Recognized for Leadership in Emerging Technology

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 12, 2006 -- Fortinet -- the pioneer and leading provider of multi-threat security solutions -- today announced that it has been chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the Top 100 Private Company award winners.

For the second consecutive year, Fortinet was handpicked for this honor by the AlwaysOn editorial panel based on a set of five criteria -- technology innovation, market potential, customer adoption, media buzz and investor value creation. As an AO100 winner, Fortinet was selected from over 1,000 companies, peer-nominated by leading venture capitalists, investment bankers and industry analysts. The AO100 consists of private companies at all stages of development, from early to late stage.

The largest private network security company, Fortinet is recognized for creating and leading the integrated security appliance market with its family of FortiGate systems. The award-winning FortiGate systems deliver real-time complete content protection through the integration of a broad range of best in class security functions -- including antivirus, firewall, IPSec and SSL virtual private networking (VPN), intrusion prevention (IPS), Web filtering, traffic shaping, and anti-spam. All of Fortinet's FortiGate systems are ICSA-certified, easy to manage and provide cost-effective network-level and content-level protection for enterprises of all sizes.

"The AO100 companies are driving the next wave of innovative technologies that are disrupting the old guard and shaping the new media landscape," said Tony Perkins, founder of AlwaysOn. "As ever, we were inundated with nominations from leading companies, and it's heartening to know that tomorrow's thought leaders and technology visionaries are already out there. My congratulations to each AO100 winner -- these are the companies which we predict will have the greatest market traction, strongest innovation and most game-changing approaches this year."

Fortinet and other AO100 companies will be honored as part of the AO2006: Stanford Summit, being held on July 25-27, at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, Calif. The annual event will bring together successful entrepreneurs, business and political thought leaders, and top venture capitalists to spot trends and spark new ideas and initiatives.

A full list of all the AO100 companies can be found on the AlwaysOn website at: http://stanfordsummit.goingon.com/permalink/post/866

About AlwaysOn

AlwaysOn is transforming the communication business with its online blogging network; establishing it as a leader in the open media revolution. Borrowing on the underground blogging and social networking traditions, AlwaysOn (www.alwayson-network.com) was launched in 2003. Today, AlwaysOn's annual Summit @ Stanford and OnHollywood events, print "blogozine" and online services encourage direct collaboration between the global thought leaders and technology insiders whose ideas and innovations are shaping the always-on world.

AlwaysOn, LLC, is a privately held and virtually headquartered company born out of the heart of Silicon Valley.

About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)

Fortinet is the pioneer and leading provider of ASIC-accelerated multi-threat security systems, which are used by enterprises and service providers to increase their security while reducing total operating costs. Fortinet solutions were built from the ground up to integrate multiple levels of security protection -- including firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, VPN, spyware prevention and antispam -- providing customers a way to protect multiple threats as well as blended threats. Leveraging a custom ASIC and unified interface, Fortinet solutions offer advanced security functionality that scales from remote office to chassis-based solutions with integrated management and reporting. Fortinet solutions have won multiple awards around the world and are the only security products that are certified eight times over by the ICSA (firewall, antivirus, IPSec, SSL, IDS, client antivirus detection, cleaning and antispyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

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